1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix

The 1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1999 CART FedEx Champ Car World Series season, held on May 2, 1999, on the Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

United States 1999 Nazareth
Race details
Race 4 of 20 in the 1999 CART season
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Nazareth Speedway
DateMay 2, 1999
Official name1999 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix
LocationNazareth Speedway
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
CoursePermanent oval course
0.946 mi / 1.522 km
Distance225 laps
212.85 mi / 342.45 km
WeatherDry
Pole position
DriverJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Time19.600
Fastest lap
DriverHélio Castro-Neves (Hogan Racing)
Time21.106 (on lap 19 of 225)
Podium
FirstJuan Pablo Montoya (Chip Ganassi Racing)
SecondP. J. Jones (Patrick Racing)
ThirdPaul Tracy (Team KOOL Green)

ReportEdit

RaceEdit

Juan Pablo Montoya followed up on his win in Long Beach by taking his first CART pole in Nazareth, beating Hélio Castro-Neves by the minute margin of one-thousandth of a second. Montoya led the early stages of the race until Castro-Neves passed him in traffic on lap 39, however, a quicker pitstop by Montoya's Ganassi team got Montoya back out in front again. Montoya led for the next 95 laps, but Castro-Neves stayed on his tail all the time, the duo being much quicker than anyone else. Castro-Neves again passed Montoya on lap 145, only for the pit stops to reverse the order. On the resulting restart, Castro-Neves was caught out and passed by P. J. Jones, and later while trying to get the place back, he spun and lost two laps, before eventually crashing out. Montoya cruised to victory ahead of Jones and Paul Tracy, which also gave him the championship lead.

ClassificationEdit

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing 225 1:46:13.527 1 20+1+1
2 20   P. J. Jones Patrick Racing 225 +5.103 8 16
3 26   Paul Tracy Team Green 225 +5.880 4 14
4 25   Cristiano da Matta Arciero-Wells Racing 225 +6.305 17 12
5 40   Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing 225 +16.401 9 10
6 6   Michael Andretti Newman-Haas Racing 225 +16.719 14 8
7 11   Christian Fittipaldi Newman-Haas Racing 225 +20.624 12 6
8 27   Dario Franchitti Team Green 225 +21.836 3 5
9 36   Alex Barron All American Racing 224 +1 Lap 18 4
10 24   Scott Pruett Arciero-Wells Racing 224 +1 Lap 21 3
11 12   Jimmy Vasser Chip Ganassi Racing 224 +1 Lap 11 2
12 99   Greg Moore Forsythe Racing 224 +1 Lap 10 1
13 7   Max Papis Team Rahal 224 +1 Lap 7
14 33   Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing 224 +1 Lap 6
15 5   Gil de Ferran Walker Racing 224 +1 Lap 13
16 19   Michel Jourdain, Jr. Payton/Coyne Racing 224 +1 Lap 22
17 18   Mark Blundell PacWest Racing 223 +2 Laps 5
18 17   Maurício Gugelmin PacWest Racing 222 +3 Laps 15
19 22   Robby Gordon Team Gordon 220 +5 Laps 24
20 10   Richie Hearn Della Penna Motorsports 212 Oil Pressure 19
21 9   Hélio Castro-Neves Hogan Racing 175 Contact 2
22 8   Bryan Herta Team Rahal 77 Handling 16
23 44   Tony Kanaan Forsythe Racing 51 Engine 20
24 2   Al Unser, Jr. Team Penske 44 Contact 23
WD 34   Dennis Vitolo Payton/Coyne Racing Withdrew
WD 16   Shigeaki Hattori Bettenhausen Racing Withdrew

Caution flagsEdit

Laps Cause
12-17 Tracy (26) spin
46-59 Unser, Jr. (2) contact
146-154 Jones (20) spin
171-176 Castro-Neves (9) spin
179-199 Castro-Neves (9) contact

Lap LeadersEdit

Laps Leader
1-38 Juan Pablo Montoya
39-49 Hélio Castro-Neves
50-144 Juan Pablo Montoya
145-148 Hélio Castro-Neves
149-225 Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Driver Laps led
Juan Pablo Montoya 210
Hélio Castro-Neves 15

Point standings after raceEdit

Pos Driver Points
1   Juan Pablo Montoya 45
2   Adrián Fernández 43
3   Greg Moore 40
4   Michael Andretti 40
5   Dario Franchitti 35

ReferencesEdit